By becoming a foster parent, you can help bring a child from a life of crisis to a life of belonging and love.
Right now, there are more than 18,000 children in Florida who need loving and stable homes. Many of these children are waiting in shelters for a family to care for them. Through our foster care ministry, foster parents are stepping in to fill this critical need. However, more foster parents are desperately needed every day to stand in the gap for these hurting children.
Through foster care, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes connects children with parents who will show them the love of Jesus Christ. Children in foster care often come from tragic circumstances of abuse, neglect and abandonment, and depending on their personal stories, they are placed in care for either short-term or long-term periods. While children are in foster care, their families often work to overcome the problems that caused the children to be removed from the home. When possible, the children are reunited with their parents. In other cases, foster children go on to be placed in permanent, nurturing adoptive homes.
Becoming a Foster Parent
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes needs adults who have a calling to become foster parents. They are looking for caring, Christian adults who will open up their home to a child, and when possible, to multiple children, to provide them with safety, security and love. Florida Baptist Children’s Homes continues to work closely with licensed foster parents, providing critical support for them every step of the way! At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, you will also receive Christ-centered encouragement and a network of individuals who will pray for you and help you through the difficult times.
The requirements to become a Foster Parent include:
- Being at least 21 years old
- Being in good health (physician’s statement required)
- Having lived in the community for at least six months
- Being a professing Christian who leads a Christian lifestyle and an active member of a local Evangelical church
- Having supportive character references
- Being emotionally and financially stable
- Not having a criminal record (background check required)
- Being willing to work with the child’s biological family
- Attending required hours of foster parenting classes
If you desire to make a difference in the life of a child, or several children by becoming a foster parent, contact Florida Baptist Children’s Homes today.
CLICK HERE to request more information on becoming a foster parent for the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.